A man shot and killed a pit bull in Severn Sunday after the dog and the man’s pit bull began fighting, according to Anne Arundel County police.

The incident began around 11 a.m. in the 1800 block of Oriole Court.A woman and a girl were walking a pitbull named “Kayne” in a field, while three juveniles were walking “Gyno” nearby, police said. Gyno was off his leash and the dogs began fighting, according to police.

One of the juveniles ran home to notify his parents, who came to the scene. As the two dogs continued to fight, the father, 32, shot Kayne in the torso with a semi-automatic handgun, police said. Kayne later died at a veterinarian’s office.

Police took Gyno into custody pending the outcome of the investigation.

As of Monday morning, no charges have been filed in the case. Police are also investigating whether the father was properly licensed to carry the firearm.